The Future of Wind Technology
During the 2012 AWEA WINDPOWER conference, we caught up with Andy Geissbuehler, head of Alstom's North American Wind business, and Fort Felker, Director of the National Wind Technology Center at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. They talked about the joint wind technology research partnership between Alstom and NREL, and how it's improving our ability to harness the wind. Take a look...
A Look Back at WINDPOWER 2012
During this pivotal event for the North American windpower industry, Alstom’s on-site team showcased the company’s latest wind business news and product updates, including:
Throughout the week, Alstom played a significant role in the official WINDPOWER agenda through a line-up of presentations and speaking opportunities:
- Hybrid Structural Validation of a 1.67 MW Wind Turbine in Operation on the Great Plains - (M. Martin, A. Fisas)
- Development of a TLP/TLB for Large MW Floating Offshore Wind Turbines - (A. Rodriguez, E. Menendez, A. Fisas)
- Advanced Control Strategies for Onshore and Offshore Wind Turbines - (C. Carcangui, I. Pinedar, J.M. Garate)
- Technology Watch in Grid Integration in the Great Plains and Model Validation of a 1.67 MW Wind Turbine in Operation - (TTU, A. Fisas, L. Garcia, M. Mata)
- Testing and Model Validation of a 3 MW Wind Turbine Using Fully-Coupled Simulation Codes - (NREL, J.L. Roman, A. Fisas, C. Casanovas)
Keep reading for more information, and Visit Alstom next week at Booth 2523 in the Georgia World Congress Center.
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Alstom's Focus for WINDPOWER 2012
Alstom’s POWEROF3™ concept – Making the most of the onshore wind resources.
Instead of a traditional ‘one-turbine size per windfarm’ approach, Alstom has introduced its POWEROF3™ concept to help customers capture the most value and energy from their wind investment. How? By combining our range of 3MW ECO 100 turbines featuring different rotor diameters in a single site to optimize wind capture and overall windfarm economics.
The POWEROF3™ benefits include:
- BOP reduced by ~15%: 3MW-range wind turbines reduce foundations, platforms, roads and cabling cost, compared to 2MW-range turbines
- Capacity factor increased by up to 20%: 3 rotor diameters increase capacity factor at each wind turbine position, compared to single-rotor approach
- Applicability across all 3 wind classes
- O&M: one product with 3 rotor diameters
The ECO 100 Platform, which includes the ECO100, 110 and 122, is the most proven 3MW-class platform today with more than 460, 000 operating hours accumulated since 2008, over 350MW installed or under construction and greater than 97% availability demonstrated. (YouTube)
Haliade™ 150–6MW - Installation of the First Unit
Alstom installed the first unit of the Haliade 150-6MW robust, simple and efficient offshore wind turbine at Le Carnet, France, in March 2012. To achieve certification, the first Haliade™ 150-6MW will be tested onshore, prior to the installation of a second unit in the sea off the Belgian coast later this year. Pre-series production is scheduled for 2013 and series production for 2014. (YouTube)
WindAccess™ - Open. Optimise.
Alstom presents our advanced SCADA system: a modular, flexible and comprehensive tool, both for onshore and offshore requirements, including specific offshore modules. The system allows easy access to information and thanks to our modular approach we offer integration of additional modules in future product updates. (YouTube)